KLF Karlstad Lean Factory® - A regional laboratory for Lean Production at Karlstad University, Sweden.
Karlstad University has designed and built a unique training environment for Lean Production. The laboratory consists of a flexible full-scale physical simulation environment. Apart from being a training facility, it is a meeting place for regional companies and academia, creating opportunities for organization and realization of efficient knowledge transfer. It is also used as a research facility, where issues such as training transfer, cultural change and inclusion are studied.
In a project called KLF2, the simulator environment is available for regional SMEs as a resource for testing innovative production solutions. When a company wants to use KLF as a testbed for future production solutions, the company's employees model the future production in KLF according to method called "participatory modelling and simulation" that stimulates co-production of new knowledge. Due to the current Covid-situation, it is not possible to carry out physical simulations, which is why the project is currently put on hold.
Project KLF2 is part of Europe 2020 prioritized area “Strengthening research, technological development and innovation”, with a goal to create smart growth in the Swedish Värmland region. The project is carried out within the area of strategic specialization “Advanced manufacturing and complex systems” formulated in VRIS3: Värmland Research and Innovation Strategy for Smart Specialization.
Project KLF2 is co-funded by the EU (European Regional Development Fund) via Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, Region Värmland, and Karlstad University.
Read more about the project team here
Read more about the project and how it can benefit your company here (in Swedish)
Read more about the Academy for Smart Specialisation here